Mez Works Handcrafted Furniture // South Lake Tahoe CA

California, United States · 206 Sales


Mez Works Handcrafted Furniture // South Lake Tahoe CA

California, United States 206 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
Terren and Allie

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Terren and Allie

Office Desks, Custom
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5 out of 5 stars

missadams on Aug 9, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

The people at Mez Works clearly care about the quality of their handmade products. Again, I'm thrilled to have another order of candle holders adorn my backyard table--they've heightened the summertime ambiance whenever we had occasion to light them up for guests. The variants in the wood grain speak to the age of the reclaimed wood, whilst the clean, elegant lines speak to the craftsmanship of the company. I will recommend them time and time again. Furthermore, I'll be returning for great gift-giving ideas and as well as enhancing my personal living space. Thanks again, Mez Works!


missadams on Aug 9, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous handmade woodworking. Not only are the lines clean and smooth and beautiful to look at, but the people of MezWorks clearly have a good eye for quality wood. I cannot speak highly enough of this etsy vendor. So happy to Have found them! They've become a nice accent to my outdoor soirées!

Nicole Vinckier

Nicole Vinckier on Jul 3, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Mezworks built a beautiful table for us. The woodworking is truly unique and so beautiful. Shipping was expensive and delayed which was a bummer- but all in all we are really happy with our table! Working with Allie and Terren was great - the create a truly custom piece which is awesome.

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Underside of a 'Zeeva' table leaf

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Push open drawers / Solid, clear, reclaimed redwood and fir
Black walnut 'Zeeva' with a hand-rubbed patina steel base

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Handcrafted Sustainable Furniture

Material //
Sustainable lumber is salvaged through a network of local woodworkers and contractors, mostly decking destined for the dump. A variety of slab tabletops are milled from dead-standing, sustainably harvested trees felled in the Bay Area, Central Valley, and mountains of Lake Tahoe.

Construction / Fabrication //
Each piece is designed and hand-crafted in one of our workshops. With builds in-house it allows for the client to be involved in every step of the creative process, from start to finish. All of our steel legs are fabricated in the Lake Tahoe workshop, they’re ‘built not bought’ using strong .090 wall tubing.

Finish //
Natural oils and low-VOC conversion varnish are used for a lasting wood finish. Carnauba wax is hand-rubbed into steel legs for a non reflective patina and re-application is a breeze. Other finish options are available, described in listings.

Milling //
Using a Wood Mizer bandsaw mill, logs are cut to desired thickness’ and left with beautiful live edges. Once the log is first opened up, it reveals all kinds of treasures such as knots, textures, stains and burls that were once unknown.

Hardware //
Brass threaded inserts are utilized to create a strong connection between the wood and steel counterparts. The tear-out factor is virtually gone, and breakdown/assembly is a snap. Grade 5 hardware is included.

Shipping //
Crates are carefully constructed to ensure your piece arrives in the exact condition it left in. Each item is wrapped in 24″ bubble wrap, then cushioned with shredded cardboard. For additional shipping descriptions, please visit our policies page.

Shop members
  • Terren Gomez

    Owner, Builder, Photographer

    A fourth generation woodworker, with experience in finish carpentry. A background in action sports photography attributes to high quality furniture images.

  • Allie Halperin

    Designer, Project Manager, Owner

    With a 10+ year background in sales/marketing in the action sports industry, Allie has a keen sense of style and a great eye for current trends. She's always maximizing efficiency, and on occasion does some of our finish sanding and resin work.

  • Jason Paul


    A talented steelworker and craftsman, Jason's attention to detail and quality of service attributes to a solid foundation for our furniture. Each piece he makes is so precisely constructed with pride and determination to make a lasting product.

  • Nick Poohachoff


    The "everything" man! Nick has been with us for only a year and has sped up production many times over! From his understanding of how things work to his incredible ability to learn processes quickly and flawlessly, he has brought us to a new level.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 23, 2016
Here at Mez Works, located in beautiful Lake Tahoe CA, our purpose is to make furniture of the utmost quality, ensuring a lasting piece made from carefully and precisely custom designing truly one-of-a-kind creations. Everything is handmade, so each piece has it's own uniqueness-- from complexity of the wood grain, to the beautiful natural twisting cracks and sporadic knots dotting the surface throughout-- so many variations can contribute to the over-all feeling of the furniture we make.

We like to implement an edgy look to traditional designs, often combining classic looks with a modern twist. Our versatile pieces look great in any style home or business, quaint or contemporary.

With an emphasis on salvaging and repurposing wood and sometimes steel from being discarded, we find most of our resources locally or within 200 miles, and use the most eco-friendly treatments we can find while still creating a durable finished product. In addition, we don't toss out excess material. We feel that every cutoff, every scrap can be repurposed into something special! Anything we don't use, we donate to local artists and craftsmen to support the cause!

We take time and pride in our craftsmanship, and we hope you love our creations as much as we love creating them!

-Terren & Allie

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Prompt payment is crucial in securing your reservation in our project schedule. Orders are scheduled in the order which received according to date/time of payment. Upon checkout through Etsy, you have the option to make payment with any major credit/debit card or aPayPal account.

If your ship-to address is within the state of CA, the state requires a local sales tax of 8% to be added to your final payment amount.

If our schedule is booked out further than 8 weeks and if the price of the item in which you wish to purchase exceeds $1500, than we may offer payment options with an initial deposit to secure your spot in our schedule. The balance will then be due upon completion (pre-shipment). In some cases, we will allow or require split payments of up to 3 transactions, allowing for an initial deposit, half of the remainder due just prior to the start of your project, and the remainder due upon completion. Each situation will be evaluated and payment options will be decided at our discretion.
We outsource shipping services through a 3rd party representative. Additional $45-$120+ is required for out of area orders that need to be crated for shipping (amount dependent on crate size required). Crates are carefully constructed to ensure your piece arrives in the exact condition in which it left. Each item is wrapped in shipping blanket, 1” bubble wrap, and then cushioned with layers of cardboard. Freight shipping is required for crates weighing over 150 lbs, and usually has a delivery time of 2-5 business days. If the piece is less than 150 lbs, we use UPS ground, which generally takes 2-10 business days, depending on location. Our carriers have several options of service, including a more basic budget-saving option, to premiere services that provide top-of-the-line assistance such as room of choice delivery, assembly and discarding the crate and packing materials for your convenience. We will provide these options along with costs when quoting your project.

Shipping quotes are only estimates based off of the information provided to our shipping representative at time of inquiry. Shipping charges may differ from the initial quote estimates based on actual shipment characteristics, services requested and date of shipment. Clients are liable to pay difference in cost from the initial quote in which an invoice will be sent. Invoices must be paid within 3 business days upon receipt.

It is important that you understand how shipping companies and the claims process works so that, in the unlikely case your piece gets damaged during shipping, you can avoid any issues or complications when filing a claim against the shipper.

1) Inspect the crate/package prior to letting the driver leave. When possible, try to open the crate to inspect your piece while the driver is present. If there are any damages to the piece, you must refuse it on the spot. If it is not possible to open the crate right away, you have up to 24 hours from the time of receipt to notify the shipper if the piece has been damaged during shipping.
2) Claims can be drawn out if pre-cautions were not taken, and can take up to 90 days (+/-) for the shipper/insurance company to process them. At times, the shipper may only offer to refund a partial amount, or the amount entirely. Many appeals can be filed, which further adds to the long process. If actions were not taken as suggested in our guidelines, Mez Works will not be held responsible for amounts withheld/not refunded by the shipper.
3) We are happy to assist with the claims process. Our participation will require the majority of communication between the claims representative and shipper, and often requires continuous follow up. Our fee for the additional labor is $45 which will be withheld from the payout, unless our involvement is minimal in which we will waive our fee. We will also be happy and willing to get you in contact with the claims department and you can work on the process directly if you prefer.

For any additional questions regarding shipping, please message us from our Etsy homepage, or email us: contact [!at]
Refunds and Exchanges
Cancellations //

We strongly encourage you to contact us prior to payment so that details of your order can be tailored to your specific requirements to avoid the possibility of cancellations and fees.

After your place your purchase, you have up to 4 weeks to cancel your order with a 10% cancellation fee associated with the FULL COST OF CANCELLED ITEM (excludes walnut slabs or other hardwood slabs in which entire cost of slab will be withheld). Canceling after 4 weeks and up to 12 weeks will incur a 20% cancellation fee on orders under $799.99, and a 15% cancellation fee for orders above $800. We will not accept cancellations after 12 weeks.

Refunds //

Refunds will only be considered if your piece is damaged and/or lost during shipping. A photo of the damaged crate prior to opening is required, as well as photos of the damage done to the piece itself. Photos documenting damage are essential, as these are needed for us to submit a claim.

Refunds will be issued pending reimbursement from the carrier, which can take 30-90 days.

We cannot issue refunds on mishandled items. Each piece comes with detailed instructions for assembly. Please use caution when assembling and moving your piece. Please see included care sheet for proper care/handling of piece.

Under special circumstances (and must be pre-approved for return authorization by us), if your piece arrives and you change your mind and do not want it, we will take gladly accept the piece back under these conditions:
- Contact us within 10 days to notify us.
- A 20% restocking fee will be withheld from your refund amount. In some cases, only 15% will be required if we feel that the piece can be more easily re-sold.
- Shipping costs are client's expense/ we will not refund the initial shipping amount.
- Client is responsible for costs associated with shipping the piece back to us/ client will pay shipping costs. We can help arrange setting up the return shipment through our preferred carrier.
- The piece must be carefully crated as it was sent, and if the piece is damaged during shipping back to us, client will be responsible for filing a claim with shipping carrier to receive their refund. Our preferred carrier will assist with repackaging upon request at an additional fee.
- If piece is damaged during shipment back and the carrier is not responsible for damages, than client will incur costs.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please note that we are experiencing a much higher volume in sales, and that wait times can be longer than usual. Each piece is made to order, so wait times can be up to several weeks depending on existing orders. All builds are scheduled in the order in which they are received. The start date and delivery date we provide you with is only an estimate, and the actual time frame can be longer by several weeks or even months.

Though rare, there can be extenuating circumstances that push our timeline back further, including unexpected weather that limits us from re-stocking our materials/supplies, tree infestations (such as dry rot) which requires us to dispose of our entire raw material inventory and source new material, or other unexpected occurrences. We live and work/operate in a relatively remote area in the mountains of Lake Tahoe CA, and often supplies are not readily available to us. We generally have to seek our preferred materials/supplies in larger cities (in both directions about 1 1/2 hours away), or order online and wait to have them shipped. So we hope that our limitations are understood by all of our clients when considering working with us on a custom project.

In regards to a custom order, please be aware that we cannot control exact color of many of the woods we use. The photos we have posted in our listings are only examples of pieces that we have made, and when purchasing a similar custom piece, the colors and characters can vary. We do involve clients in the decision process when picking out the wood to use, but are limited to what we have in stock. Often times the true color and character of a piece is not revealed until finish sanded and varnished.

For any additional questions please message us from our Etsy homepage, or email us: contact [!at]